President Trump at Natl Association of Counties CSPAN March 3, 2020 3:30pm-4:17pm EST
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president trump: thank you. thank you, mary ann. i think you liked mary ann. i said who is out there that they like so much, it's mary ann. please sit down. please. before i begin i want to send my warm wishes to the great people of tennessee in the wake of the horrible, very vicious tornado that killed at least 19 people and injured many more. we're working with the leaders in tennessee including their great governor, bill lee to make sure everything is done properly. fema is already on the ground. i'll be going there on friday. our hearts are full of sorrow for the lives that were lost. it's a vicious thing. those tornadoes, i've seen many of them during a three-year period and i've got ton see the results. they are vicious, if you're in
their path, it's -- bad things happen. really bad things happen. i want to -- i went to alabama nine months ago and i saw the devastation that that left in alabama too. everybody was so incredible, the people were so incredible but so many people get killed if you're in the path. and we'll be going, as i said, to tennessee on friday. we send our love and our prayers of the nation to every family that was affected and we will get there and we will recover and we will rebuild and we will help them and condolences. tough situation. such bad news when you see that. i'm honored to be here with the national association of counties at your annual legislative conference. it's a great group of people. i've dealt with you for a listening time over the years. and every once in a while i find one i don't like but generally speaking you're good. [applause]
and then one of you are in the way it's tough to get that job done. when you're helpful it's real easy and we get it done and we produce a lot of jobs and good results and i want to say you're very important and people that are doing what i do before i got here, we realize how important you are. incredible job. i've met some of the most incredible people doing exactly what you do. thank you very much. [applause] so in this room there are over 1,200 county leaders whose incredible devotion, talent and drive directly and profoundly improve the lives of millions of americans each and every day. i want you to know that my administration will always be your friend and partner and ally and resource as you work to deliver an amazing future for your counties and for your communities and for the country itself. as i said in my state of the
union address, three years ago, just -- i've had a number of students already, can you believe it but there was three years ago we launched the great american comeback and we really did. viver and it with a a certain splash that nobody's seen in a long time. what we've done in our country is incredible. our country is so strong now. we rebuilt our military. we cut taxes. we cut regulations you know regulations. [applause] you know the regulation business. i think you know the regulation business better than any group i can think of. sadly about 5% of you are saying oh, gee, i wish they wouldn't have cut but 95% of you are saying it was redundant an it was a problem and i talk about highways that would take to get approved, take 18, 19, 20 years, i cab give you many examples. not even big highways.
sometimes road ways. we've cut regulations at a level nobody ever thought possible. we've done it with the extraordinary help of local officials, people like yourselves, that worked with us and worked with department of transportation and all of the other departments that we work with. we've got it down to where we take sometimes 20, 21 years to get approvals for a highway, we think we have it down to two. i want to get it down to one. meaning -- [applause] meaning that it could get rejected, we have safety concerns we have to look at. we have environmental concerns, many concerns we have to look at. but to go 20 years and then get rejection, how about that. how many of those where you wait, let's say, 10 years then at the end of 10 years they vote and reject you? ok. there's been a couple. i guarantee there's some people in the room. i've been involved in a couple of them. that's not fun you devote a big chunk of your life to something an then lose 3-2. go home, how did you do darling?
not good. [laughter] a lot of pow for the this room. you don't know the power you have. yes, you do. but we've hosted nearly 50 white house events welcoming over 3,000 county leaders from all 50 states to forge powerful new bonds of cooperation. [applause] as we speak, my administration is working very closely with state and local leaders to confront the coronavirus. we're really working hard on it. vice president mike pence is leading the white house coronavirus task force. he's doing a fantastic job. [applause] we have already met with state, county, and health officials in 30 states and conducted regular brief wgs governors to coordinate our response and contain the disease and it just shows you what can happen. six weeks ago, eight weeks ago you never heard of this.
all of a sudden it's got the world aflutter and -- but it'll work out. but it's, you know, just -- you have it all the time. not to this extent. sometimes to a greater extent, relatively speaking. things happen that you never even would think would happen, then you have to confront it, you have to do a lot of good work you take care of the situation you people do that better than anybody that i can think of. america has the world's most advanced public health system, we know that our county health officials play a frontline role in battling public health threats and we are working with congress very closely to pass supplemental legislation that ensures state and county health departments get everything they need. i asked for $2.5 billion. it looks like they'll give out $8.5 billion. i don't think that's ever happened to me before. [applause] i think i should say i'll take it, right? i asked for $2.5 billion, they
give me $8.5 billion, i say i'll take it. everyone is working together very well to prevent the uncontrolled spread of the disease. i ordered sweeping traveling restrictions and did them very early, earlier than people wanted me to do them. it turned out to be a wise decision. increase -- [applause] we increased travel advisory levels, established screening measures and imposed historic quarantines. we urge all of you to share information about basic health and safety practices with your communities back home. c.d.c. has all the information, it's listed all over and it's a good thing to refer to. but that's why following my remarks today you'll hear from dr. robert redfield, the director of the center for disease control and prevention and they're doing a fantastic job. they are working around the clock. america has the world's greatest professionals working and they are working very, very hard.
we're moving aagressively to
accelerate the process of developing a vaccine. i met yesterday with the biggest drug companies, pfizer, johnson & johnson, and many other great can companies. a lot of good things are happening and happening fast. i said do me a favor, speed it up. speed it up. they will. they're working really hard and quick.
we're moving at a maximum speed to develop the therapies, not only the vaccines but the therapies. therapies is another word for cure, where you have it. it helps get the people better faster and take down the severity of the illness. they've done so much. if you look at what's happened with aids and the tremendous job they've done there. we'll be, as an example, aids-free within nine years. nobody would have thought that was possible. [applause] we are doing a fantastic job. the revival of american strength over the last three years has been put -- has put our country
in the best possible position to deal with this challenge. our economy is prospering like never before. we've relocated supply chains back to the united states. you know, a lot of the chains now are back in the united states and we've also, as you probably have noticed, for two years i've been complaining about the medicines are made outside of the united states, i want them to be back here. if there's a reason why we can't use a certain country for lots of reasons, i want it to be made here and we've already started that process. before this happened. but this sort of explains why we have to do it pretty well. jobs and growth have soared in the united states at a level that's unprecedented. historic. and also we've had historic new investment in our country. no country on earth has had greater power to overcome adversity and what we've done in so many different way, we have rebuilt our military, $2.5 trillion. it's wonderful to have a good budget. but if we don't have a strong
military -- [applause] you never want to be in a position where you're trying to explain to people that well, at least we had a good budget as people are running up the front lawn of the white house. no thank you. [laughter] you look over, you say, we did a hell of a job with that budget. should have spent a little more money on the military, i guess, right? but when i took over, our military was totally depleted. it was an embarrassment. we've totally rebuilt our military. most of the equipment, much of it is already there, new plane nurks missiles, rockets, new everything. we make the greatest military equipment in the world, all made in the u.s.a. [applause] all made in the u.s.a. yeah. all made in the u.s.a. every bit of it is made here. [cheers and applause] rebuilding our navy. we're rebuilding our navy and we're doing a job. frankly $2.5 trillion is a lot
but not a lot when the think of the importance of the military. they say the most important thing that a president does is the court system and in particular supreme court judges. so i've named 218 new federal judges. can you believe it? that's a record. [cheers and applause] only one person beat me percentage wise. you know who that is? does anybody know? percentage wise there's only one and when you look, 218, because president obama was very nice he left 42 to start off with. usually you're left none. i had 142. you know who the one percentage one was, george washington, he had 100%. but it was like 12 people. [laughter] 2. at least i can say i name more than him. a lot more. little smaller country at the time. but he had 100%. in our great national renewaling, my administration has made engagement with local
leaders a top priority because nobody understands the needs of local communities better than local official the people in this room. [applause] nobody. and with your help, an we keep in touch with you as you know, all the time, we feel very strongly about that our economy is right now the envy of the world. we've created, and by the way, yesterday, did you notice, the market went up almost 1,300 point, ehighest, biggest, that's the biggest one-day gain in points in the history of our country, can you believe that one? caused my something again -- caused again by something we didn't think would happen. today it's up. the federal reserve cut rates today finally. finally. finally. [applause] finally. do it more. do it a little bit more. we want to be competitive with
other countries. other countries have lower rates because their feds, their currencies are cut to a level and their rate is cut they play with their currency, play with the value of their currencies and we don't do that. we don't do that. we have a different kind of a theory going and it really puts us at -- i'm not saying necessarily to do it. but we have to be competitive with other countries. when we're paying two points more than germany or paying more than other countries, we should be paying less than everybody else. we have the dollar. we have the strength. we have the greatest country on earth. we should be paying less. so the federate is too high. it's too high. it puts us at a competitive disadvantage especially when it comes to exporting our product to other countries. other country love that. i don't like it at all. so i'd like to see our fed lead instead of being led.
we have created seven million more jobs since the election and if you would have said seven million jobs, nobody would have believed that number. [applause] the optimistic projection by the previous administration was two million jobs, that it would be two million by this time and it turned out to be now over seven million jobs. that's something really incredible. african-american, hispanic american and asian american unemployment have reached the lowest level in history. you know that. [applause] median household income has hit the highest level ever recorded. if you look back and you go to president bush, it's $450. if you go to president obama, and that's for eight years, remember. if you go to president obama, for eight years $975. and if you go to president donald john trump, over a period of three years, it's almost $10,000.
that's a big difference. it's much more over a much, much shorter period. if you think about it, take a look at it, look at the result, our consumer is so powerful, so strong, it's what's leading our country right now, the strength of our consumer. nobody has a consumer like we have. we've done a job. for the first time in nearly three decades, every single metro area in the united states has seen their income rise. every single area. the economy -- [applause] the economy of rural america, i love rural america, all that red. rural. [applause] i love rural america. cheers and applause] that's great. you know, we have all those city
slickers there in the back. they're quiet. they're in the back. we put them in the back corner. that's ok. how you doing back there? i love those beautiful red areas. that middle of the map. just a little blue here, a little blue. everything else -- everything else is bright red. [cheers and applause] well, what we did, you know, for you farmers, it's been incredible, the usmca, got out of that horrible nafta deal and now have the usmca, going to make a tremendous -- like day and night. then made the deal with china. $50 billion worth of purchases, the farmer, i don't think the farmer is going to be able to, $50 billion. the highest ever was $16 billion. the biggest purchase china ever made in a career was $16 billion. we made it $20 billion in the agreement, the day before the agreement was signed i said how are we doing with the farmer? they suffered, not too much
because i gave them whatever they lost out of the tariffs that wasn't so bad. that's why the other presidents never did it. they didn't quite get it. i will say the farmer, so they have $20 billion in the agreement. i said do me a favor, make it $50 billion. they got 1.5 billion people. they said no, no, no. i said what does it matter to you? doesn't make a difference. they agreed to do it. so instead of $20 billion, the highest ever was $16 billion, so instead of $20 billion they made it $50 billion and now my people look at me and say, sir, the american farmer will not be able to produce that much. i said trust me, they will produce that much. [cheers and applause] remember i said, tell them to go buy more land and get bigger track tors. buy more land, assuming they get approval from you people, you got to approve it. but no, the farmers, you know,
they were so incredible, the farmers. just, the way, when the cnn's of the world would go and interview them looking for somebody to speak negatively because when we're negotiate, china is spart, they pulled back all their orders they didn't order almost anything. and they see the farmer. the farmers were hurt. them we started helping out. which frankly was a tremendous thing. but the farmers never said anything bad. normally they say it's terrible what he's doing. you have to make the deal. there's suffering going on. it's an operation. like an operation. and the farmer, the -- i don't know that i've seen almost anybody. they tried to stick that microphone, what do you think of the horrible thing where president trump is in a trade war with china? and they'd say sir, it should have been done a long time ago, it's painful but this should have been done 15 and 20 years ago. [cheers and applause] and then cnn would pull that
mike away, i don't like this guy, let's find somebody else and then put it in front of somebody else. and then they'd interview women in the rural communities and say, are you disappointed that you voted, you know, like democrats that voted for trump? are you disappointed? they had one about two weeks ago, you saw it, a classic, i think they convinced cnn that they were going to say bad things about me. just incredible women, they convinced them and you are women that voted for president trump last time. who are you going to vote for this time? 10, all of them they go trump. [applause] what? that was incredible. rowd chanting "four more years"] president trump: now, now, now. this is not supposed to be a political rally. this is not a political rally. i don't like talking politics.
we're talking about the economy. rural america. i don't like talking about politics. this is a pretty wild group you have here. it's a great group of people. it's a great feeling. you can feel it. we have a great group of people and i appreciate it. the economy of rural america has grown 30 times faster under my administration than during the four years prior to my election. 30. [applause] 30 times. 30 times. even i -- that sounds like an exaggeration. if it is you'll read about it tomorrow. they'll give me a pi folk yow. -- a pinocchio. one thing i know it's grown a hell of a lot faster. 30 times sounds like a lot. but they're doing great. together we're building the most prosperous economy and the most inclusive society ever to exist in this country. under our massive tax cuts, governors across the country have designated nearly 9,000
didi stressed communities as opportunity zones and neighborhoods are being revitalized every single day. you see that. [applause] the opportunity zones, tim scott, senator tim scott of south carolina has been so incredible. came in with the idea of opportunity zones. i don't think there's been anything like it. we had them all over, thousands all over the country. areas that haven't seen investment in 40 years. people are putting tremendous amounts of money, investors, sometimes you'd say rich people are putting money in. creating jobs. and they're happy with it. nobody has seen anything like it. maybe because the economy is so good. but things like that help make the economy good. so it's been a very unusual -- usually that stuff almost never does that stuff work. and then the government comes in with massive subsidies and loses their shirt. this is something where people are investing in areas that they would have never, ever in a million years invested in and it's become a tremendous
success. the fake news doesn't like talking about it unfortunately. but one day they will. because i think you can't help it. it's become one of the great successes. we're also promoting work force development through our pledge to america's workers. 430 companies have already committed to providing new jobs and training opportunities to over 15 million americans and i give my daughter ivanka a lot of credit for that she came in, she said daddy -- [applause] it's true. she had a great company in new york. she wanted to just come and help people get jobs. i said would you like to do this? no, i want to help people get jobs. she started would have a -- started off with 500,000 jobs. she just broke 15 million. she did the 500,000 the first week. but she -- you know 500,000 jobs is a lot. she'll go to a wal-mart, many of the great companies, and johnson & johnson and they'll hire large amounts, i think one of them did, i think wal-mart did a
million people where they trained them and government is in no position to train them, uh understand that. goff wouldn't know where to begin. it would be another program they have that would be a disaster. so she'd go to these -- you can't do that. the private companies, it's very specific. very, very -- there are very specific needs. one of the problems we have is that we're having tremendous amounts of companies moving back to the united states. moving into your communities. and the problem they have is -- [applause] in many cases they can't get help. and now what they're doing is they're taking people that didn't have jobs and they're training them specifically, training them, and ivanka has done that job, it's been incredible. in the state of the union address i called on congress osupport my plan to offer vocational and technical education in every high school in america. [applause] and i love the term vocational schools because to me it says
it. when i went to school, i had people, one person in particular, he wasn't very good as a student. but he could after hours take apart a motor or an engine of a car and strip it blindfolded, put it back together in 15 minutes. it was the most incredible thing. i said this is your real ability. he just had an ability that was extraordinary. not for sitting there writing out tests but for doing things like that which are frankly just as important and high paying jobs. they're really high paying job. [applause] i love the name vocational school. when i was growing up we heard edison voy casal school, they trained them for cars, brick lay, plumbing and all the things that there's tremendous teanlt involved. it was incredible. you don't see that now they call them junior colleges and you don't really, as junior colleges you don't really know what that means. what is a junior college. what does it mean? so we're get back to the word
vocational. i thought it was very important. it's something they're very proud of. i would be very proud also. people have that tremendous ability and we don't allow them to use it. we want to help every american acquire cutting edge skills they need for the jobs today and for tomorrow to put more money in american pockets, we've launched the ground breaking regulatory reduction campaign by cutting regulations, yeah. yeah. by cutting regulations on one of the most exciting things that happened if you look at the other side they want to get rid of all energy, let's put up windmills all over your communities, right? let's have windmills all over the place. so lar. i love solar but it's not powerful enough to power these massive factories and plants that we have being built all over. but by cutting regulations on american energy we're massively drive do you think energy prices. you see that happening. unless it's an area or community
where they're not allowing that to happen. in which case, new york is an example, we're unable to build a pipeline through new york state where they'd love the jobs of doing the pipeline and because of that new england has very, very high energy prices. we could cut the energy prices in new york and new england down by half, less than half, if they would allow, and we're fighting them very hard, i think we'll be successful, but if they'd allow a pipeline to go through, we would cut the prices of energy down by half. and even more so than that. it's a terrible thing, it's a very unfair thing to the rest of the country. the american energy revolution is now saving the typical family of four an average of $2,500 per year. and i will say this, we are now energy independent. how nice is that? energy independent. [applause] energy independent. that's why you don't see all those ships going out to the
straits and coming back keep looking for our ships. what happened to the u.s.a. ships? i don't see them too much anymore. but we're energy independent. and we're the largest producer of energy by far in the world. it wasn't that way not so long ago. [applause] and we improved the -- arrived in keystone x.l. pipeline. you know that? and we -- the dakota access pipelinism came in, those two, did them in my first week or less. and it was 48,000 jobs. but more importantly it's actually environmentally better. you're taking it under the soil. nobody even sees it. you're under the soil as opposed to trains and the problems that can happen. so it's been a tremendous thing. but with us today is rebecca long, the commissioner of lee county, new mexico. i love -- how am i doing in new mexico? i hear we're going to win new mexico? we're going to win new mexico.
rebecca, please come forward and say a little bit about what's happening on the energy boom and your state is right up at the forefront and we're very proud of new mexico. now if i don't win it, i won't say that i'll take it. i'll come back and say, i was only kidding about new mexico. please. hi, how are you? >> thank you. honored to be here with you today. your remarks fit exactly in with what i'm going to say. thank you from lee county, new mexico, where your energy agenda is helping us with quicker right of way permits on b.l.m. land and drilling permits. we're getting those faster. that's helping america be energy independent. so we appreciate that let me give you a little bit of history. in december, 2016, right before you came on, we had 16 active drilling rigs producing seven million barrels of oil. in december of 2019, we have 53 active drilling rigs with 18.2 million barrels of oil. cheers and applause]
so right now, lee county, new mexico, is the second largest oil and gas producer in the united states and soon we will be first and thank you so much energy independence is so important and we appreciate you know where we are and who we are. thank you, thank you. [applause] president trump: good job. again, we're not getting political because i refuse to do that. but you know, rebecca, that if bernie or one of these characters get in, you can close up your energy. you do know. [laughter] they have little things like we don't want petroleum products. that's a lot of people. that's a lot -- we're also building a wall along the border to stop people from coming into our country. [cheers and applause] say hello to the people of new mexico. i'm be there soon. we're reversing decades of
calamitous trade policies that decimated so many of your communities. you know. that you know it probably better than anybody in the country how bad it was. we have successfully renegotiated new trade deals with south korea and japan who were really ripping us. south korea, remember, hillary clinton, great hillary clinton. she said, no, no, we want this deal. it will produce 250,000 jobs. and she was right. for south korea. [laughter] it got south korea 250 to thank you -- so you can't say she was wrong. she wasn't misleading. she said 250,000. it was a horrible deele -- deal. we've totally renegotiated that with south korea. now it's a good deal for the united states and a fairer deal. that was a ridiculous deal. [applause] in january we finally ended the nafta castify and i signed the brand new u.s.-mexico-canada agreement into law. usmca. [cheers and applause] and we also took the strongest ever action to stand up to china's trade abuses which,
frankly, for years, explain that one, what was happening with china. $500 billion a year deficits. allowing us to reach a landmark agreement that will deliver vast benefits for our ranchers, growers, manufacturers, farmers, working closely with local officials. we've taken bold action to curb the opioid epidemic, which is such a problem no matter where you come from. [applause] and for the first time in 31 years, we actually went down a little bit, we went down -- some communities are down 17%, 18%, 19%, one is down 21%. but still, it is massive, massive problem for our country. drug overdose problems are just a terrible, terrible problem. and it's a world problem too. no matter where you go. it's pretty tough stuff. frankly, i should say, no matter where you go, unless they have really, really strong measures against the dealers, in which case they have no
problem. i wonder how that works. how does that work? when you go to a country where hey have very, very stringent, unbelievably stringent, like probably we can't do in our country. they have no drug problem. you go into china, you say, how's your drug problem? they don't even know -- president xi doesn't even know what you're talking about. we have no drug problem. they have quick trials. right? quick trials. and i won't even tell you what the punishment is. but let me just say, it's very swift. [laughter] you go to singapore, they don't have a drug problem in singapore. a lot of money, a lot of everything. perfectly set up for a drug problem. everything perfect. but they are very, very tough. i just don't know whether or not this country is ready for that. whether or not it can do it. but the only countries that don't have a drug problem are countries where the retribution is unbelievably tough. when we work together, we can dramatically improve public
safety. it is especially vital that all state and local officials cooperate fully with all requests from our courageous i.c.e. officers. i hope i don't insult anybody. but the i.c.e. officers are taking people out of your communities by the thousands, including ms-13 gang members. if you didn't have them -- and your local law enforcement doesn't want to do. that these are seriously tough, crazy people in many cases. and we're getting them the hell out of our country and we're bringing them back to where they came from and we're keeping them there. guatemala, honduras, el salvador. so many of these countries. you know, in the past administration, they couldn't bring them back because they'd say no, no, you can't bring them back. get out. you can't bring them back. so they'd fly over, they wouldn't let them land. they wouldn't let buses go in. with these people. we'd have to bring them back. they don't do that with us. with us they say, thank you very much. we appreciate it. [applause] thank you for bringing these wonderful citizens back.
ms-13. you can have them. we bring them back and they take them immediately. we just have set records for coming through the border. we're setting records now on not coming through the border. we've built 128 miles of wall. we've already got -- we have some going up in new mexico just now. but we have 128 miles -- and you think that was easy, getting that thing -- i could do anything. i can rebuild a military for $2.5 trillion. but if you're going to spend 10 cents on a wall it was like you couldn't do it, they would shut down the country. we actually did shut down the country for a little while, frankly. but we ended up getting the money and the wall is under construction. we're buildinga up to 128 miles. and we'll have close to 500 miles, sometime pretty early next year. [applause] and in the area where we have the walls, as you people know, because you're al also people of great common sense. you're brilliant but you have
great common sense. that's why you're doing what you're doing. at least the good ones do. the bad ones probably don't. there must be some bad ones in the room. right? but it's a matter of common sense. so much of life and so much of government is common sense. but where we have a wall, the numbers just went down to almost zero. now they go around, that's why the wall gets longer and longer. but the numbers have been incredible. the democrats used to say, we don't want a wall. we'll give you drones. they wanted to give me drones. i said, what good are drones? they're going to be flying arm in the air watching thousands of people cross the border. no, we'll give you technology. they were saying walls, walls are old-fashioned. two things will never change. a wall and a wheel. right? a wheel. come back in 1,000 years, you're going to have a wheel. come back in 1,000 years, you're going to have a wall. probably the only two things that aren't going to change in life. but it is true when you think of it. [laughter] so we have 128, we're building it rapidly. and it's exactly what border
patrol wanted of the they did tests on every form of wall you could have. and it's an expensive wall in terms of very expensive per square foot. but it's the kind of wall we need. we might as well, if we're going to do, it we might as well do it right. [applause] they had a big story two weeks ago that the wall fell down. my wall fell down. i'm saying how strong it is. i always like to brag about it because it's deep-set into the ground. surrounded by heavy concrete and steel. it's actually made of steel on the outside, concrete and rebar inside. it's got everything. one of the big news casters said, the wall fell down. i said, oh, this is bad. i'm building a wall, it falls down. that's tefrpblt i go, what the hell happened with the wall? well, sir, they had a tremendous windstorm and we were just setting it in very wet concrete. the concrete, we were holding it up as much as we could and the wind came at 58 miles per hour, sir, and it blew the wall
over. we put it back up and we held it with cranes. i said, you mean, you were putting it up and the concrete was soaking wet? yes, sir, we just put it in the concrete. and it fell down. oh, they didn't say that. [laughter] they didn't say that. they don't say little things like that. do they? i don't know how you put up with the fake news, you people. [laughter] cheers and applause] americans are safest when we support the heroes of federal, state and local law enforcement. [cheers and applause] they're incredible people. they do an incredible job. i'll tell you what. they're very much appreciated in our country. you reach so -- read so many things but they're very much appreciated. i.c.e. has done an incredible job of getting very bad -- some very bad people out of your communities. my administration is also reshaping our nation's approach
to mental illness. my budget calls for almost $5 million to improve access to in-patient mental health care through medicaid. [applause] and as you know, county jails were not meant to deal with the mental illness problem. [cheers and applause] they weren't. thank you. thank you. i didn't know that that was going to hit such a high note. really. i mean, that's incredible. i didn't know that that was going to be appreciated the way it's meant to be. but you understand the situation. you understand the people in this room all of the things we're talking about better than
any people i can imagine. even people in washington. they don't -- you're on the ground. [applause] so when you make a statement like that, that's very meaningful to me, when you give it that kind of a response. i wouldn't have thought it would have had that response. it's also not compassionate to leave those with mental illness on the streets. you see that. [applause] so we must get americans the care that they need from day one. my administration has worked closely with you to overcome natural disasters such as the tornado in tennessee, since i took office, 62% of counties have received major emergency or disaster declarations with the federal government committing over $124 billion to support your citizens in very trying times. we get you the money quickly. we check it, we do what we have to do, but i think everybody in this room would say that you get the money much quicker
under our administration than in the past. it used to be unfair. [applause] it used to be very unfair. to a point where you couldn't properly do the work. it would take you so long to do the money, you were afraid to do the work. we're joined today by catherine starky. please come up and share your story about your community and recovering from a very big disaster that i know very well. thank you. [applause] >> thank you for the opportunity. in 2017 president trump's office of intergovernmental affairs started an innovative outreach program invithe to d.c. commissioners from each state, regardless of party affiliation. this opened the bridge for communication with federal agencies. and then hurricane irma hit my state later that year. and soon we had an issue i needed to bring to the attention of your administration, sir. counties were getting into
bidding wars over debris removal contracts and they were creating unaffordable prices for other municipalities. fortunately i was able to call the i.g.a. office and they immediately set up a conference with the fema officials. they quickly resolved the issue through an emergency rule change and this would not have happened without the incredible outreach from the white house early on. i'd like to thank you, sir, president trump, the i.g.a. office, and the federal agencies who are being such incredible partners to local governments. thank you for making america great again. [applause] president trump: thank you, thank you. thank you, catherine. thank you very much. beautiful. and i have to say, kathryn, you had two governors. rick scott previously, right? and he did fantastic job. now your senator and your
current governor, ron. they would come to my office and say, president, can we see you just for a minute? oh, good. separately. but very similar. they wanted money. i said, well, what do you want? we don't need much. we need a little bit more for the panhandle, as an example. [applause] i said, oh, god -- good. i love the panhandle. they got everything they needed. that i can tell you. but they'd say we need another little bit of money. how much do you need? $500 million more. that's a lot. you've got. it but they'd come up -- you know, it goes to the panhandle. look, these people, having the right governor in a state is so important. the good ones, they bug me, bug me, bug me. [applause] you have great ones in this country. you have so many great ones. governor lee is a great one in tennessee. you have so many. texas. greg abbott. but ron desantis, the job he's doing, the job that rick did as governor, rick scott. it's so important. if you have the wrong governor,
it's not helpful. yes, absolutely. but if you have the wrong governor, you understand that better than anybody. if you have the wrong governor, it doesn't work. but they'd want to get everything set and dond an they need it fast. because you have to rebuild your community. and debris was the biggest thing, right? debris. debris was the biggest thing. they'd bid it out and they'd have bids that were so crazy. one would be very low and the others would be very high. they weren't allowed to red tape to use the low one and i worked it so they could use the low one. we did a lot of great things. but florida really has done a fantastic job. thank you very much. that was beautiful. everyone here is devoted public servant. you love your neighbors, you love your country. you love this nation like nobody else. every day we're working with you to build the country where every town is booming, every community is prospering and every child has the chance to reach the american dream. as long as i am president, the
federal government is on your side 100%. cheers and applause] you will always have a very important seat at the table. and you will always find an open door at the white house. many of you have come to the white house and we've had a lot of good discussions. no matter what community you represent, we're all united by our loyalty to the citizens we serve and the knowledge that america is the most exceptional nation anywhere in the history of the world. to every county leader, and it's so brilliant to have you here because you really are the people that know it the best. i really know that much more from my previous life. this life is different. to put it mildly. [laughter] i thought it would be easier.
it's actually much tougher. but i know it from my previous life. i know the talent that you have, the insight that you. have the really incredible. i want to thank you for your unbelievable service. thank you for yourselfless devotion and thank you for fighting for a glorious future of american greatness. god bless you all. god bless america. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] thank you. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020]
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